Vids I Dig 030: Cartoonist Kayfabe: Akira – Making a Masterpiece, Part 2: ‘Domu, A Child’s Dream’

From Cartoonist Kayfabe’s YouTube description: The King Kayfabers continue their coverage of Katsuhiro Otomo’s work leading up to Akira by revisiting Domu: A Child’s Dream.

You won’t want to miss the revelations your favorite comic books hosts unearth as they into toward their commentary on the great manga, Akira.

Vids I Dig 022: Cartoonist Kayfabe: Akira – Making a Masterpiece, Part 1: ‘Fireball’

From Cartoonist Kayfabe’s YouTube description: Masterworks don’t come out of thin air and with this multipart series, the boys examine the earliest comics work of Katsuhiro Otomo that establish many of the themes he will eventually refine into his crowning achievement, Akira.

Comic Review: Gødland, Issues #1-6

Published: July 27th, 2005 – January 4th, 2006
Written by: Joe Casey
Art by: Tom Scioli

Image Comics, 140 Pages

Review:

Gødland is a comic book that I’ve wanted to read for awhile now. I’ve become a fan of Tom Scioli’s art style and I also like his contributions to the Cartoonist Kayfabe channel on YouTube. The guy is a wealth of knowledge and his style is heavily influenced by Jack Kirby and the classic “Marvel style” of the ’60s and ’70s.

This series is wholly original but it is a fantastic homage to the legacy and work of Jack Kirby, primarily his cosmic and mythological stuff like his Fourth World saga, The Eternals and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

I have been working to track down all the single issues of this comic but I figured that I’d give the first six issues a read, as they are free to Comixology Unlimited members.

From the first panel, this series just kicks off on the right foot. It’s got that old school style, it’s humorous but also has the feeling of something mythical and epic. It feels right and it’s just cool.

As always, I liked Scioli’s art here and I thought that it meshed well with Joe Casey’s writing. I also like that this feels kind of raw but also pure. Ultimately, it’s just a really unique comic book for something that came out in the mid-’00s.

Now this series stretches on for 37 issues, so this is just a small sample size of the whole shebang. But this does set things up nicely and I want to read the other 31 issues after this.

I don’t think that this is a comic book series that will resonate with everyone but for fans of Kirby’s cosmic comics, it’s a fantastic throwback to that style of art and storytelling.

Rating: 7.25/10
Pairs well with: cosmic Jack Kirby stuff and Tom Scioli’s other work.

Comic Review: Go-Bots

Published: November 21st, 2018 – March 27th, 2019
Written by: Tom Scioli
Art by: Tom Scioli
Based on: GoBots by Tonka

IDW Publishing, 169 Pages

Review:

I didn’t know what to think about a Go-Bots comic book when I first heard that this was coming out. Historically, even though they beat the Transformers to toy shelves in the ’80s, they were always seen as a cheap imitation. A lot of that probably just has to do with their television show and toys being of lesser quality but Tonka did bring this idea of vehicles transforming into robots to market first. Granted, both franchises took the idea from toys that were already popular in Japan.

Since their inception, the GoBots intellectual property rights have changed and now the franchise is owned by Hasbro and the GoBots find themselves under the same umbrella as TransformersG.I. JoeM.A.S.K.Micronauts and other properties. That being said, Hasbro has been using the comic book medium to tie their properties together into a shared universe, which is being done as a test before they eventually try this with motion pictures.

So it should be no surprise that the GoBots, now spelled Go-Bots, were given the comic book treatment by IDW, alongside Hasbro’s other big properties. This also ties into those other properties but to say anything more about that would be a bit too spoilery and I won’t ruin this because I think that people need to read Go-Bots and enjoy it, as I did.

The art and the story are done by Tom Scioli, a guy whose work I’ve really enjoyed in G.I. Joe Vs. Transformers and also in the issues of Godland that I’ve read, which is the most Jack Kirby-esque comic not done by Jack Kirby himself.

Scioli writes a solid, dynamic story that moves through great distances in time but it introduces several characters and spends enough time with them all to give them real character and weight.

I adore Scioli’s art style and it was perfect for this book, as it makes it truly feel like a throwback in a visual sense. Although, the writing is better than what the standard was for these toy property books back in the ’80s, when they were all too common and usually just rushed out to inspire kids to buy toys.

Ultimately, I enjoyed this comic so much that even though I want to talk about the plot, I’d rather people read it for themselves. Frankly, this is one of my favorite comics that IDW has put out in years. Actually, the best since the Chuck Dixon and Mike Costa era of their G.I. Joe books.

I sincerely hope that there is something in the works for future installments of Tom Scioli’s Go-Bots.

Rating: 8.25/10
Pairs well with: other Hasbro related comics from IDW, especially the Transformers stuff.

Vids I Dig 001: Fear, Loathing, and Comics at the Basement Sale

The Pittsburgh Comics Gang investigates the New Dimension Comics Basement Sale – a bi-annual event during which a trove of over half a million comics is opened for public perusal and consumption.

Video by Julie Sokolow

Featuring the artists:
Ed Piskor (Wizzywig, Hip Hop Family Tree)
Jim Rugg (Street Angel, Afrodisiac)
Tom Scioli (Godland, American Barbarian)
Jasen Lex (The Aweful Science Fair, Gypsy Lounge)
with
Todd McDevitt (Owner of New Dimension Comics)
Amanda Bowen (Archivist at New Dimension Comics)